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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

number17 Re:Steering wheels are nice, but... (501 comments)

The computer can't just hand over control to the human without adequate warning. If you are barreling down the highway at 55mph and the computer decides its in a situation it cant control I dont think it can just say "here ya go bud, good luck". Bringing the car to a stop in a live lane is not a good idea either.

2 days ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

number17 Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (501 comments)

Im guessing more than 90% were in sunny highway conditions. Call me when its driven more than 100 miles on a snow covered highway through a blizzard at night and the sensors haven't frozen over. Snow season is on its way.

2 days ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

number17 Re:Is this at least user-selectable? (475 comments)

Yes, but in all fairness those places dont have cars, they have unicorns. I seem to have lost my citation on that, do you happen to have it?

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

number17 Re:Is this at least user-selectable? (475 comments)

So you would rather your car is unsafe to everyone else?

Next you are going to tell us that its not safe to stop at red lights. Im surprised that there aren't millions killed each year attempting their driving test. What are these scenarios that its not safe to drive the speed limit? Are there flying monkeys involved?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

number17 Pay with what? (381 comments)

I think you are asking should we pay with money via a subscription or one time payment, but its not clear. Current users of Slashdot are paying with their time and bandwidth when looking at ads.

about two weeks ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

number17 Job Function Accounts (383 comments)

I have several accounts that are not tied to me but to my employment. Several people access these accounts using the one password. Do biometric systems allow for registering multiple people to one account?

about three weeks ago
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Australian Police Use Telcos For Cell "Tower Dump" of All Connected Users' Data

number17 Re:Why wonder? (60 comments)

And some people actually pay for tracking!

about 2 months ago
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China Leads In Graphene Patent Applications

number17 Re:Reciprocity (86 comments)

That article doesn't say much about China ignoring patent laws. It talks more about how China is using them like everybody else and that Chinese hackers would steal ideas and patent them. As if the people developing those ideas wouldn't patent them themselves.

about 2 months ago
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Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

number17 Mathematicians Freaking Out! (411 comments)

Is 10.10 just a re-release of 10.1 with a 0 tacked on the end? Will version 10.11 be between 10.1 and 10.2?

about 3 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

number17 Re:In the beginning, Google benefitted the world. (355 comments)

Google did the entire world a HUGELY nice thing with Google Search. For the first time, humans were able to find the world's information.

First time? Really?

about 3 months ago
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Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

number17 Re:Game fairness (252 comments)

You had me right up to the politician part. Politicians love cheaters and in their world they're called lobbyists.

about 3 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

number17 Re:Kind of a ??? ... (626 comments)

Basically it has to pass the "snowstorm on the highway" or "torrential downpour on the highway" test. That is, you are driving along at 100km/h and hit a snow storm or torrential downpour. Visibility is poor, but vehicles are maintaining speed at around 50-70km/h. The lane markings are covered in snow. Stopping the car in a live highway lane to transition from "car in charge" to "human in charge" is not a viable option.

about 3 months ago
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Do Embedded Systems Need a Time To Die?

number17 Re:Sympathy, but no go (187 comments)

Secondly who pays for this? The customer will not be happy if we say every 5 years we say you have to close your factory down for 2 weeks while we rip out all your old boxes and replace with new ones.

And that assumes that all your boxes perform the same function, were purchased at the same time, from the same manufacturer, and have the same end of life. Otherwise these things would be like individual light bulbs dieing out in an office tower. You would have to have somebody managing the lifetime of every device otherwise its reactionary.

about 3 months ago
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Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

number17 Re: Dear Mark (335 comments)

Perhaps the issue isnt funding at all. Take a look at the US from the outside and you have a number of wealthy people that can buy and earn a good education. Youve also got a huge prison population with children that look up to that lifestyle. For those children graduating school isnt on the radar. Throwing money at schools wont help them.

about 3 months ago
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UN to Debate Use of Fully Autonomous Weapons, New Report Released

number17 Re:Robot soldiers more civilian friendly than huma (180 comments)

The point is that massacres like Mai Lai are caused when soldiers go a bit nutty due to the emotional stress of seeing their friends cut down by an insurgent resistance.

The point wasn't about Mai Lai type disasters. It was about the guys at the top saying the bad guys have weapons of mass destruction, send in the terminators and kill em all.

about 4 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

number17 Re:Life or death (765 comments)

I've never had to use my jumper cables or first aid kit I keep in my car.

Actually, I don't think you are prepared enough. I always tow a spare car just in case my car breaks down. The spare car has 8 spare tires in it because you never know when all your tires will get slashed.

about 4 months ago
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Oculus: ZeniMax Claims Over Rift Tech Are "False"

number17 Re:Neener neener (72 comments)

The both of you came up with a game that you play with the ball and he decided to play it with somebody else. He left the ball.

about 4 months ago

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